Fant, Iyiegbuniwe, Middleton set to join WKU, Kentucky on National Signing Day

There won’t be very many area football signings for Wednesday’s National Signing Day, but the ones that will take place are significant to the local landscape.

Bowling Green’s Nacarius Fant will sign with Western Kentucky at 9 a.m. Wednesday. South Warren’s Adrian Middleton and Joel Iyiegbuniwe will sign with Kentucky and WKU, respectively, at 10:30 a.m.

Here is a closer look at these three prospects:

Bowling Green senior receiver Nacarius Fant

Bowling Green senior receiver Nacarius Fant


Position: Wide receiver

Height: 5-10

Weight: 175 pounds

Committed to: Western Kentucky

Other offers: Illinois

2013 stats: 83 catches, 1,699 yards, 24 touchdowns; named 2013 Kentucky Mr. Football

Quotable: “His intangibles are extremely impressive. He’s just a good football player who sees things and puts himself in a good position to make plays.” — Bowling Green coach Kevin Wallace



South Warren junior defensive lineman Adrian Middleton

South Warren senior defensive lineman Adrian Middleton


Position: Defensive lineman

Height: 6-4

Weight: 260 pounds

Committed to: Kentucky

Other offers: Louisville, Western Kentucky, Missouri, Middle Tennessee, Indiana

2013 stats: 67 tackles, 27 for loss, two fumble recoveries

Quotable: “When you send these videos to other schools and you get calls, ‘Coach we just watched the film on Adrian, and I’ll tell you what, if he’s anything like he is on film, we’re interested.’ It was amazing.” — Former South Warren coach Mark Nelson



South Warren senior linebacker/running back Joel Iyiegbuniwe

South Warren senior linebacker/running back Joel Iyiegbuniwe


Position: Linebacker/running back

Height: 6-2

Weight: 205 pounds

Committed to: Western Kentucky

Other offers: Indiana State, Southern Illinois

2013 stats: 23 tackles, four for loss, two fumble recoveries; 125 rushing yards, 5 total TDs (season cut short by illness)

Quotable: “They both had very nice years last year, and in the offseason, the weight room and speed program have helped them out a lot. They’ve changed their bodies so much.” — Nelson on Iyiegbuniwe and Middleton before 2013 season


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